The Miami Heat will try to go up 2-0 tonight, Thursday June 2nd, against the Dallas Mavericks during Game 2 of the NBA Finals, in Miami. Miami took Game 1, 92-84. NBA oddsmakers have the Heat as -4.5 point home favourites over the Mavericks with the over/under set at 186.5 points. Be sure to check the Mavericks vs Heat NBA Point Spreads and get your predictions in early.
Dallas (12-4, 5-3 V) didn’t have the answer for stopping LeBron James & Co. Nowitzki scored 27 points despite tearing a finger tendon in his non-shooting hand, including 10 in the fourth quarter as he tried to keep his team close. But the Mavericks were held to an uncharacteristic 37.3 percent shooting for the game. Jason Terry, Dallas' second best scoring option, had an even tougher time than Nowitzki, finishing just 3-of-10 on the night for 12 points and missing a pair of big shots in the fourth quarter when the game was in doubt. In fact, "The Jet" didn't even score in the second half when James was using his size to make things very difficult for him. The diminutive J.J. Barea had similar problems trying to deal with Miami's perimeter length, hitting a dismal 1-of-8 shots for two points. While most have swooned over James' monster shots in tight situations this postseason, his true progression in these playoffs came on the other end of the floor. His willingness to check Chicago's Derrick Rose down the stretch is something that never happened in Cleveland. Now, Terry is in the former MVP's sights. "That's not our style of basketball," Terry said of the Mavs' offensive struggles. "They did a good job of playing their tempo, and they finished at the end when they needed to."
Miami (13-3, 9-0 H) pulled away in the second half for a 92-84 victory over the Mavericks. James, Wade and Chris Bosh combined to score 65 points. James scored 24 points, Wade had 22 with 10 rebounds and Bosh cooled down in the second half to score 19 for Miami, which snapped a 10-game losing streak to Dallas that dated all the way back to the 2006 Finals. The Heat didn't shoot much better than Dallas — 38.8 percent for the game — but they were a little bit better in the second half, hitting at 41 percent as they jammed their foot on the pedal for some distance. "We just needed to lock in," said James. On the injury front for the Heat, sharpshooter Mike Miller was able to practice Tuesday after injuring his left shoulder and arm during game 1. Miller was seen leaving the arena after Game 1 with the arm in a sling but has been listed as probable.
Recent Trends to Consider:
Mavericks are 5-1-1 ATS in the last 7 meetings in Miami.
Over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Road team is 10-2-1 ATS in the last 13 meetings.
Mavericks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a S.U. loss.
Mavericks are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 road games vs. a team with a home winning % of greater than .600.
Mavericks are 7-1-1 ATS in their last 9 road games.
Mavericks are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games as an underdog.
Heat are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games as a favorite of 0.5-4.5.
Mavericks vs Heat
When: Thursday, June 2, 9:00 PM ET
Pick: Mavericks +4.5
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The Bottom Line: The Mavs have to be better from the arch and slow down James. Be sure to check Mavericks vs Heat Basketball Point Spreads and get your predictions in early.